Yaquina Head
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Rising 380 feet above the sea, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is a hilly headland extending one mile westward into the Pacific Ocean. For thousands of years this narrow peninsula has provided coastal inhabitants with unique land bridge to offshore wildlife of the northwest coast.

The rocky cliffs and sea stacks of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area provide a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Migrating gray whales can be spotted during their annual treks to Mexico during late fall-early winter, and their return to Alaska during late winter-early spring. During the summer months "resident" gray whales dwell in the waters around the headland.

On the southwest shore, Cobble Beach is composed of a myriad of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as they are tumbled by waves during high tide. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed where tidepools inhabited by colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones are accessible to visitors.

At the westernmost point of the basalt headland Yaquina Head Lighthouse has been a beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit in 1873.

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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Contact Information
  • Monument:
  • Park Ranger:
  • 750 NW Lighthouse Drive
    Newport, OR 97365
    phone: 541-574-3100
    email: BLM_OR_SA_YHONA_Comments@blm.gov
  • Public Lands Information Center